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Luis Suárez, Gareth Bale and Cesc Fábregas - they're all rumoured to be on the move before the transfer window closes. But who were the original movers and shakers in the classical world? Which conductors and composers were hot property in bidding wars, big-money transfers and controversial moves to the opposition?
Footballers are often happy to change nationality to play for a better team (can you imagine what the England team would've been like if Ryan Giggs had managed to find an English grandma or something?), but Mahler went a step further and converted to Roman Catholicism to get a job at the Vienna Hofoper.
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